We are pleased and honored to have Jonathan Senner of Atelier Jonathan Senner, based in Washington, DC, share his design insights in our Design Minds series. Be sure to see more of Jonathan Senner’s interior design work at the current DC Design House, which is a fundraiser for Children’s National Health System.
Please scroll down to read the full interview with Jonathan about interior design and how he uses a relationship-oriented approach with his clients to create unique and timeless interiors that enhance the intrinsic feel of “home.”
How and when did you become interested in design?
I’ve loved interiors and design since I was a kid, when I frequently offered to rearrange our living room and continually reevaluated my bedroom’s decor. My passion stems from the importance of “home” in my life and creating environments that allow others to be surrounded by what makes them happy.
How do you describe your signature style?
I think my style is a great balance of modern and classic. I love crafting curated spaces using one-of-a-kind vintage pieces and juxtaposing eclectic furnishings and décor against classical interiors.
Do you have a main goal to achieve in your design and/ or rules that apply to your projects? What is your creative process for your projects?
My design goal is to capture the client’s needs and style within a unique interior environment using the highest-quality furnishings available. My process starts with a vision and quickly becomes the “thrill of the hunt” to find the perfect pieces. I always respect my clients’ aesthetics but try to challenge them with creative thinking and unexpected items that push their imaginations in new directions.
What inspires you and is currently on your design mind?
I love using vintage furnishings, which are often one-of-a-kind and bring immediate warmth and history to interiors. I’m also vibing on graphic and scenic wallcoverings, which are works of art in their own right. I’m inspired by the renaissance in lighting, the craftsmanship and materials of which are just gorgeous
What advice can you share for those starting out in your industry?
You have to love what you do, so passion is key. Always keep learning. Always remember that inspiration happens in the most unexpected places. Whatever projects you have—large or small, high-profile or not—always do your best. And finally, always be confident, both in your work and in yourself.
Here are a few examples below of just some of Jonathan’s client projects.
Jonathan sits in his DC Design House room.
Sources from his top 5 current inspirations:
1) Orange Furniture – Pair of Marco Zanuso Orange Lady Chairs via Ist Dibs
2) Wallcovering – Skuhtml by Scalamandré
3) Lighting – Agnes Chandelier by Lindsey Aldeman Studio
4) Fabric – Marine Toile by F. Schumacher and Co.
5) Carpet – Brigade in Twilight by Stark Carpet
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